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Special Issue: Allyship in Qualitative Research

Share your research.

Deadline: 30 September 2019

Editorial Information

Guest Editors:
Dr. Brett Scholz, brett.scholz@anu.edu.au
Dr. Sarah Gordon, sarah.e.gordon@otago.ac.nz
Dr. Gareth Treharne, gtreharne@psy.otago.ac.nz

Journal Editors:
David Giles, University of Winchester, UK
Brendan Gough, Becket University, UK
Antonia Lyons, Victoria University of Wellington

Qualitative Research in Psychology

Qualitative Research in Psychology is planning a Special Issue to explore methodological and theoretical issues that arise during collaboration between marginalised individuals or communities and others who are outsiders to the group. Traditionally, marginalised groups have been the focus of research, practice, or policy, but experiential expertise has often been ignored in these efforts. Even research that aims to privilege marginalised group members’ knowledge – such as participatory action research – can reproduce problematic power relations when community members are not involved in setting research agendas and authoring research outputs.

When actively engaged in processes that trouble power imbalances, however, privileged group members’ work to support marginalised groups’ goals can be referred to as allyship. Although there are growing bodies of literature about allies working toward change in particular marginalised communities, questions remain about allyship in research more broadly. What practices foster allyship? What are the challenges, and how can tokenism be overcome? What are the implications of allyship for planning, conducting, analysing and disseminating qualitative research? What are the reactions of the academy (e.g., journals, funders, performance metrication), and how can slippage into the insidious maintenance of power imbalances between ‘researcher’ and researched be avoided?

This Special Issue aims to promote dialogue on allyship and explore how qualitative research in psychology can be used to redress traditional power imbalances. Submissions are invited that target any issues related to the nature, mechanisms, or implications of allyship to any marginalised group or identity. We challenge researchers to submit articles that embody allyship through methods that involve co-production of research in which marginalised group members and allies work together as co-authors on all stages of the project: from conceptualisation, data collection and analysis, to write-up. Authors are encouraged to give detailed consideration of the processes of allyship in research rather than only reporting findings of projects.

The relationship between researchers and the individuals or communities who are the focus of research has traditionally been characterised by power imbalances. For example,

  • the expertise of researchers has been privileged over that of a range of marginalised communities
  • the parameters of relationships between these groups have almost universally been set by outsider researchers, and
  • while the voices of marginalised community members have been present in research, they have traditionally been evident as participants of research rather than as partners or decision-makers in research processes.

The special issue seeks submissions from researchers across a broad range of areas of research. Papers are invited from authors investigating any aspect of allyship between researchers and any marginalised communities.

Possible aspects of allyship that the Special Issue might include, but are not limited to:

  • Promoting meaningful allyship with people who are marginalised due to sexual orientation, gender identity, or differences of sex development.
  • Allyship with culturally and/or linguistically diverse minority communities.
  • Allyship with people who experience health conditions with contested diagnoses such as fibromyalgia or irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Mental health professionals’ allyship work to advocate for service user leadership.
  • How qualitative approaches allow for more meaningful partnerships in research between minority and privileged group members.
  • Intersectional perspectives that provide an integrative combination of any issues in allyship (above or otherwise).

 

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Submission Information

Please submit manuscripts to Qualitative Research in Psychology by 30 September 2019 via the submission portal:https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/uqrp. When you submit your manuscript please ensure you check the ‘special issue’ submission box.

If you have any queries regarding this Special Issue or would like to discuss your ideas for submission, please contact the Guest Editors: Dr Brett Scholz (brett.scholz@anu.edu.au), Dr Sarah Gordon (sarah.e.gordon@otago.ac.nz), and Dr Gareth Treharne (gtreharne@psy.otago.ac.nz).

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